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Bears sign 11 undrafted free agents

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Bears sign 11 undrafted free agents

Seven rounds of the NFL draft aren't enough for some prospects to hear their name called and the Bears signed 11 such players Sunday.

According to ChicagoBears.com, the team agreed to terms with the following: Wyoming running back Alvester Alexander, Troy offensive tackle James Brown, Old Dominion defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron, Louisiana Tech linebacker Adrien Cole, Maine safety Trevor Coston, Western Illinois receiver Terriun Crump, West Texas A&M receiver Brittan Golden,Auburn tackle A.J. Greene, Wayne State safety Jeremy Jones, Liberty receiver Chris Summersand Southern Miss linebacker Ronnie Thornton.

Brown is the most intriguing player of the group and was ranked as the second best undrafted player by NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt and Scouts Inc. Brown checks in at 6-3 12 and weighs 306 pounds.

Pro Football Weekly says the following of Brown: An unrefined, athletic college left tackle with enough agility and arm length to stay on the edges in the pros, but could warrant more interest inside where he is protected and has help on each side. Has starting-caliber traits at multiple positions and could excel most in a zone-slide protection scheme.

Monday's Edgy Tim Showcase powered by EFT Football Top Performers

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Monday's Edgy Tim Showcase powered by EFT Football Top Performers

Several of the state's top underclassmen names took part in Monday's EDGYTIM.com Underclassmen Showcase powered by EFT Football at the Max Exposition Center in McCook. Here are some of the top overall performers including several new names who emerged. 

The biggest story lines from this annual event? 

East St. Louis sent several key underclassmen naked from it's 2019 Class 6A state title team and look for the Flyers to again have one of the state's most talented rosters for the 2020 season with talent at literally every position. 

The Class of 2022 is stacked. While several Class of 2021 names stole the headlines, the overall talent level (especially in the PM session that features the skill position group) and depth of talent at this event was found in the Class of 2022. 

Below are several names who made a strong impression at Monday's events. 

Top Performers

East St Louis junior QB Tyler Macon- Macon, who led the Flyers to the Class 6A state title took part in this Monday showcase camp after spending the weekend taking part in the Next Level camp in Los Angeles. Macon on Monday was able to again show impressive touch and arm strength and Macon has all the tools to again be considered one of the top overall signal callers in the State of Illinois. 

Bolingbrook junior LB Tyler McLaurin- McLaurin, who is already holding early scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Cincinnati, Purdue, Indiana and Nebraska was impressive on Monday at this showcase event. McLaurin, who has added more weight and muscle so far this off season runs well, has terrific coverage skills and is a very high level athlete and a name that will continue to add several more scholarship offers this winter and spring. 

St. Viator junior DT Jeremiah Pittman- Pittman, who has been a team captain for the Lions since his sophomore season had an impressive showing on Monday. Pittman, who plays on both sides of the football for St. Viator worked out at defensive tackle and had an impressive mix of speed and power along with a bevy of pass rush moves. Pittman also has the frame and length to add additional power and strength for the college level. 

East St. Louis sophomore DB Ahmad Robinson- Robinson was all over the field on Monday and made it his mission to seek out the top receivers at the showcase and Robinson was able to hang with and defend the camp's top receivers. Robinson, who played last season at Cardinal Ritter has since transferred into East St. Louis and will provide the Flyers a top level defender who can make an immediate impact. 

East St. Louis junior WR Dominic Lovett- Lovett spent all of the 2019 junior season just running past defenders and leading the Flyers receiver core to a state title and his performance at this event was very similar. Lovett has exceptional speed and great hands and just seems to find a way to separate exceptionally well from the opposing defender. 

East St. Louis freshman OT Myles McVay- McVay, who last year made a name for himself as one of the top overall performers at this event as an 8th grader ended up being a full time starter for the Class 6A state champion Flyers. McVay was one of three standout East St. Louis freshman offensive linemen at this event (including Paris Patterson (6-foot-3, 320 pounds) and Zach Taylor (6-foot-1, 310 pounds) and all three linemen made a serious impact and impression here. 

Others who made a strong impression

East St. Louis junior WR Keontez Lewis 

St. Rita sophomore OT Valin Erickson

Phillips junior DB Willie Jones 

Rich Central sophomore DE Derrick Parker

Kenwood junior WR Dante Reynolds

Kenwood junior DB Myles Mooyoung

Marian Catholic junior WR Justin Stallworth

Thornwood sophomore DB Saveon Brown 

Patrick Kane’s 2010 Game 6 OT goal named Goal of the Decade by the NHL

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Patrick Kane’s 2010 Game 6 OT goal named Goal of the Decade by the NHL

Since joining the NHL in 2007, Patrick Kane continues to have a long and illustrious career. He was recently honored for being the 90th player in NHL history for to record 1,000 points, the fourth only member of the franchise to do so. Now in a lead up to announcing their First and Second All-Decade teams on January 24th, the NHL has awarded Kane with Goal of the Decade.

The goal being celebrated occurred during Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers. Chicago fans all remember the moment. The Blackhawks and Flyers were 3-3 going into overtime and with 4:06 minutes left on the clock, Kane scores the game winning point. The Blackhawks go on to win the Cup, ending the championship drought in Chicago after 49 years.

The Flyers had tied up the game to 3-3 with 3:59 minutes remaining in regulation, but Kane brought back the win for the Blackhawks. To call it triumphant would be a massive understatement.

"I was calling for the puck, trying to make a play on the defenseman [Kimmo] Timonen," Kane told NHL.com.  "I just got around him and saw a path to be able to get a puck on net. I wasn't really thinking I'd score on that shot but maybe you're shooting for a rebound, create some havoc. I just saw it go through his legs, hit the pad and stick in the inside of the net there."

This honor comes on the heels former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville being back in Chicago for the first time since the Blackhawks let him go in 2018. He was honored at the United Center on the same night at Kane’s pregame ceremony celebrating 1,000 points.

The Blackhawks went on to win two more Stanley Cups in the decade, but Kane’s goal was the one that started them all.

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